Winter Driving Tips That Can Save Your Life
As summer has come to an end and the cooler temperatures move in all across the country, truck drivers need to begin to prepare for winter driving and winter driver safety. Driving in the winter weather provides a whole new set of challenges for any truck driver. If this is your first winter, pay close attention. If not, veterans, you still may learn something. Before we go into our winter driver tips, we want to briefly discuss autumn and the fall conditions that can make it a little more difficult to drive.
A Few Quick Tips For Autumn Driving
Many of you have likely noticed the changing leaves. While the views are gorgeous to say the least, this time of year can bring some new challenges for drivers on the road. While you should be ok on the highways for the most part, driving the back roads at this time of year can be a little tricky. Fall leaves are beginning to cover the roads and this can hide the center and outer lines. All the different colors can also play tricks on the eyes, so make sure your paying attention driving through the country.
Get A Tuneup For The Truck
While this summer wasn’t as bad as the last, the summer months can take a toll on your truck. And with the winter months soon ahead, you need to make sure you take the time to bring in your truck for a tuneup. Go ahead and check all your basics as well, such as windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze, brakes and your lights. It is better to take care of all of this now rather then later.
Change Your Tires And Make Sure You Have Extra
It’s been a long time since I seen roads as bad as they were this summer. I imagine that both the harsh winter and highway trust fund were to blame but that is neither here or there. As a driver, you know how important your tires are and you likely know the difference between good tires and bad tires. If you think your tires are bad, you need to take this time to get them changed, and get them aligned.
Carry Your Winter Driving Kit
I call it my winter driving kit, you may end up calling it a life saver. Every truck driver needs to carry key important items just in case of an emergency during the winter weather driving season. Likely, you already have the basics in your truck cab. Your winter weather driving kit will have a few extra items your likely not carrying now. Here’s your checklist.
- Red Triangles
The winter months can be brutal on your truck. North American trucking during the winter season months will take a toll on your truck. Both Canada and the United States can reach temperatures well below zero, up to 40-50 degrees below zero. Temperatures in Canada at this time are already cold and the United States will be quick to follow.
You can never have enough clothing in the cab. If you should get lost, get in an accident or run out of diesel, you’ll need this clothing to keep warm. The same can be said about extra food and water. There are some lonely highways out there. You never know what can happen. If you get in trouble, you need to be prepared for the worst.
Winter Driving Tips And Safety
The winter season can throw about anything at you. Blizzards and ice storms can form with little knowledge even with the technology we have at hand. It doesn’t matter if this is your first winter driving season or your 10th, safety should always be a top priority.
Be prepared for anything. In fact, be prepared for the worst.